Prepare for a career in the growing fields of audio engineering and music recording. Study music theory, audio recording, digital and analog audio technology and multimedia applications for employment as an audio engineer, sound designer, recording engineer and more.

Completion Award
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences
Length of Study
113 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus
Tuition & Fees

College Tuition & Fees

Per Quarter 
WA-Resident Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
1 credit $152.13 $166.72 $243.46  $330.00
5 credits $624.65 $697.60 $1,081.30  $1,514.00
12 credits (full-time) $1,331.78 $1,523.22 $2,252.72  $3,124.98
15 credits  $1,493.30 $1,687.05 $2,425.70 $3,308.25

*Amounts above are estimated tuition & fee costs and do not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs.
¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $20 - $120 per quarter, depending on courses selected

Ways to pay for school

Federal aid, scholarships, grants, and more are available to help you pay for school.

What You'll Learn

  1. Create audio recordings and provide mastering of material for distribution
  2. Create radio commercials as well as educational and instructional industrial products
  3. Create new and enhanced audio for existing video and film transfers
  4. Explain and apply Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) technology and digital audio technology
  5. Identify current production values, trends and industry standards affecting production today
  6. Demonstrate basic music theory including ear training, sight reading and keyboard proficiency

Careers & Opportunities

The rapid development of recent technology continues to create growth in the audio engineering and music recording industry. Graduates are hired as Audio Engineers, Sound Designers, Recording Engineers, Sound Reinforcement Engineer and Mastering Engineers.

Potential employers include: These positions are available in post-production houses and a variety of other related businesses within the music, radio, television, film and multimedia industries. Many digital audio specialists work on a freelance or contract basis.